Music is Haraam

Madani School is a state-funded Muslim “faith school” in Leicester, in the East-Midlands of England. According to a tweet received by Vlad Tepes, the poster shown below hangs on the walls of the main corridor of Madani School:

So… The nation that gave the world Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar, and Ralph Vaughan Williams has endowed a state-funded school that would forbid all music as evil and sinful.

Welcome to the rich, vibrant diversity of Modern Multicultural England.

Update: Vlad found a high-resolution original of the image at the Islamic Posters website.

For readers who have trouble making out the text of the poster, here is a transcript:


Listening to Music is Haraam and a Sin

Stay away from evil acts such as listening to music and encourage others to do the same too!

  • Music is a tool of Shaytan (Satan)
  • The playing of musical instruments and listening to them is Haraam
  • According to the Law [of Islam] one who participates in music is regarded as a Fasiq (Sinful person)
  • One of the harms of music is that it distracts one from his Creator.
  • The messages of today’s music follow a general theme of love, drugs, and freedom
  • Appearance of music and stringed instruments is a cause of Allah’s anger
  • It is a tool of Shaytan (Satan) by which he attracts people to commit wrongful acts

Music is Haraam

Technical note: The above poster was displayed inside a glass case in a somewhat buckled condition. The original photo was severely foreshortened, and small portions of the three corners were missing. I straightened and restored the image as best I could, recreating both bottom corners and the top right from the available image data. All legible text was visible in the original photo.

19 thoughts on “Music is Haraam

  1. The high resolution photo Vlad located is a great improvement for the poster.
    The initial tweet photo provides a bit more information of added interest -nin that the reflection in the glass reveals the photo was taken with a smart phone camera by an adult male with facial hair. Was the tweet sent as a lesson/reminder to fellow muslims? Or was this tweet directed to confirm shariah ban on music to ‘kaffir’ as well?

  2. P.S. It appears the photograph was taken in the corridor between two classrooms, each with their doors closed. The glass surface appears to be a window in each door, one of which appears (sans poster) in a lit classroom diagonally across the hall behind the left shoulder of the photographer I mentioned in above comment.

  3. Tweets responding to the image were quite humorous…
    Example A:

    ” If only someone could sell those guys the idea that breathing is also Haraam…

    Example B:

    Didn’t know you could post religious dogma at school. Is it a ‘faith’ school?

    Highlighting the segment of above comment presents another good question for consideration.
    Since Muslims insist on removal/covering of crucifix’s from Christian establishments and government funded establishments, this presents an opportunity to reopen any prior litigation judgements in favor of shariah, to allow & protect these religious icons in publicly funded establishments.

  4. Volume 2, Book 15, Number 103:

    Narrated ‘Urwa on the authority of ‘Aisha:

    On the days of Mina, (11th, 12th, and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah) Abu Bakr came to her while two young girls were beating the tambourine and the Prophet was lying covered with his clothes. Abu Bakr scolded them and the Prophet uncovered his face and said to Abu Bakr, “Leave them, for these days are the days of ‘Id and the days of Mina.” ‘Aisha further said, “Once the Prophet was screening me and I was watching the display of black slaves in the Mosque and (‘Umar) scolded them. The Prophet said, ‘Leave them. O Bani Arfida! (carry on), you are safe (protected)’.”

    There is a dispute about ‘music’ in Islam, in Riyadh I worked with an Indian Muslim from South Africa, giving him a lift one lunchtime I happened to have Mozart playing on the car HiFi and I asked him if he wanted me to turn it off, he said Mozart was acceptable, unlike more modern music, and referred me to the above Haddith.

    In Riyadh all the ‘waiting’ muzak on telephone systems is that horrible tinny electrical muzak, just in case…..

  5. If you go to Islamicposters, there are some totally priceless bits of Dawah on there!

  6. Musicians be warned:
    Islam does not tolerate music. Music is haram, forbidden.
    “Commanding the Right and Forbidding the Wrong” includes
    “Righting the wrong by hand”, such as “breaking musical instruments”
    (Manual of Islamic Law q5.6).

    The Manual is available as a free download:…/reliance2_

  7. Let’s all sing something – anything to get the satanic sound of islamic silence from our ears. How long before the silent majority wakes up?

  8. I will play my tin whistle, which is shrill. Shrill enough to call a holy God.

  9. Is it any wonder they are such a miserable lot. Other than boinking farm animals, beating and raping women, and killing everyone else, what enjoyment do they get out of life?

  10. Elgar & Vaughan Williams are two of my faves!

    I think the British Isles have produced more great composers/players than any other patch of ground on Earth.

    The Beatles, Donovan, Al Stewart, Incredible String Band, Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Marillion, IQ, Pendragon, Queen (although Freddie was from Zanzibar), The Police, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Alan Parsons, Moody Blues…

    Such brilliance. I hope it doesn’t all get lost!

  11. Saying I can’t listen to Tommy Emmanuel is proof positive that islam is nothing but one big lie.

  12. How do you suppose they’d respond to a bunch of tipsy people singing 100 bottles of beer on the wall?

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